Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore did not start out as a National Park. A month after the park service formed, Stephen T. Mather tried to turn the beautiful lake shore into a National Park to protect it from development. World War I derailed his attempt.
Indiana Dunes State Park was created in 1926, but Dorothy Buell wanted a National Park. She and 19 friends started pushing. Soon their group numbered 2,000. The Park’s opponents dismissed the party as a “tea club” of “bird watchers”. In 1966 Congress created Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Today it is one of the most popular beaches in the area. The day that we visited the rip currents were to strong for them to allow swimming, but the beach was still covered with people.
This was our 91 Junior Ranger Program completed